Lunch Break: Simple & Delicious
Sometimes, the most delicious food is the simplest: today’s Lunch Break offers proof. By Yvo Sin.
The Mussel Pot
174 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012
Despite its name, The Mussel Pot does not serve just mussels – in fact, far from it. One of the non-mussel standouts isn’t even seafood: try the spicy buttermilk fried chicken, served with a wild rice waffle drizzled with dandelion honey & herb butter. Fish & chips are another great dish on the slightly abbreviated lunch menu, though you may opt to skip either dish and go straight to the huge raw seafood tower for two ($32). Bonus: today’s ScoutMob deal gets you 50% off your tab (up to $25), giving you zero excuse to not go and order everything just mentioned here.
2 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001
Though the space is barely more than a hole in the wall, with very little room to stand and enjoy your treats, you’ll feel comfortable. Perhaps because E-mo translates from Korean to mean “aunt”, which is who it feels like is making your food when you visit. There’s only one menu item: kimbap, or Korean rice rolls (similar to sushi). The main difference at E-mo is that you get to choose from a variety of fillings, both traditional (beef, kimchi, cheese) and non-traditional (spicy tuna, jalapeno, sausage). Prices hover around the $6 mark and include a small cup of watery miso soup, comprising a fairly filling meal (minus the big eaters) for truly cheap eats.
116 Stanton St
Manhattan, NY 10002
Souvlaki GR has received a lot of ink lately about its wonderful food, and here’s some more: the food is cooked with such love and care that it comes through in every single bite. The owners are super passionate about creating something people will love eating; the Greek fries are scented with oregano and sprinkled with feta, creating the perfect savory snack. You can’t go wrong with any of the souvlaki items: chicken or pork “stix” will run you $2 a piece, or you can get it wrapped in warm pita with tomato, red onion, fries (inside) and tzatziki for a mere $4.50. Whatever you choose, though, don’t miss out on the Greek fries.
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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie.